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Russian warships armed with advanced cruise missiles will be deployed in the eastern Mediterranean Sea near Syria on a permanent basis, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
Russia already has a significant naval presence in the area, and maintains a leased naval base at Tartus, a port city on Syria’s northern coast.
Warships - Standby - Threat - Syria - State
The warships will remain on “permanent standby” to counter the “remaining terrorist threat in Syria,” Russian state media quoted Putin as saying during a gathering of military and defense industry leaders at the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.
Putin went on to praise the Russian navy’s role in advancing Moscow’s interests in Syria. Moscow has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in that country’s civil war since 2015, ensuring the survival of a Middle Eastern ally and guaranteeing continued access to the strategically vital Mediterranean Sea.
Efficient - Actions - Crews - Ships - Submarines
“I will especially note the efficient and coordinated actions of the crews of our ships and submarines during the military operation in Syria. The cruise missile attacks and the effective work of the carrier aviation dealt a serious...
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